Home' The Murray Pioneer : March 7th 2017 Contents In the face of
TRAGEDY is all around us. An
example is on March 2, 2017,
when I was told that my 21-year-
old niece had died suddenly in
On March 6, 2005, I watched
my son be cut out of a car. While
my son survived, I have heard
about and known people that
have committed suicide between
I have even had a friend’s hus-
band who died, and his death is
being reviewed by a coroner.
What does this have to do
with the Riverland?
The answer is that they all
have strong links with it.
My niece may not have
been born or grown up in the
Riverland, but her father grew up
here, and he went to Riverland
schools. All the other things
mentioned, have happened here.
These things remind us that
the Riverland is not an isolated
region, but has ties and emotions
that string Australia and world-
So what does this mean?
It means that we need to
remember to breathe.
We need to remember the
good and the funny times, before
We need to remember that
what is happening now is not
forever (unless it is death or per-
manent injury situations).
It is only a moment of time
where things can get better or
worse. It is not the end of things,
but instead the beginning of
We can never focus everything
on one thing, as family, friends,
work, and our goals (which
could be as simple as looking
for work, or retiring from it) will
always require equal portions.
Without these, we would break.
Remember as you read this to
breathe, and that pain will occur
in our lives, but so does love,
and the future of love.
Even more importantly,
remember that we can create
a future that honours what we
have lost, and that this could be
as simple as living through our
grief and pain.
We cannot change the death of
another, but we can change the
way we treat others, the balance
in our lives, and the choices that
we make by living through it.
Don’t let sorrow drown you,
because if it does, how can you
help those that are suffering too?
How can you not break?
Please breathe, and then just
A few contacts useful when
needed are: Victim Support
Services Inc. (8582 2801),
Lifeline (131 144), Yarrow Place
(1800 182 368), headspace
(8582 4422), Homelessness
(1800 003 308), Relationships
Australia (8582 4122), police
assistance (131 444) and Crime
Stoppers (1800 333 000).
The answers are
‘no’ and ‘no’
THE views expressed in this
letter to the editor are my own
and do not necessarily represent
the views of the Berri Barmera
Regarding the Text Line
submission in the Friday, March
3 edition of the Pioneer, from
Ann of Barmera, the simple
answer to your question, “Is
Barmera Central our new
Barmera Council and nobody
told us?”, is no.
Barmera Central is the
trading name adopted by the
Barmera District War Memorial
Community Centre Inc., which is
a Barmera community group that
was incorporated in September
1946, primarily to administer
bequests for the benefit of
returned service personnel and to
support the Barmera and districts
It is a completely separate
entity from the Berri Barmera
However, the council does
provide grant funding, but that
only partially supports the
running of the Barmera Visitor
Information Centre (VIC).
The Barmera VIC also hap-
pens to have a very good work-
ing relationship with the Berri
Visitor Information Centre, a
council-run and fully funded
Council grant funding for
the Barmera VIC is not unusual
and a similar situation prevailed
within the Loxton Waikerie
Council, when that council
provided grant funding for the
Waikerie VIC (albeit that their
grant funding for Waikerie was
much more generous than the
grant for Barmera).
In my dual roles as a coun-
cillor for the Berri Barmera
Council and chair of Barmera
Central there can be, under the
current provisions of the Local
Government Act, a conflict of
interest between those roles
when any matter to do with
Barmera Central is discussed at
formal council meetings.
The Act is very specific about
what an elected member of
council must do in such circum-
stances and I comply with those
provisions by absenting myself
from chambers whenever such
circumstances arise, as required.
Now, has Barry of Barmera
(Text Line) been proven right?
The simple answer is no, he
In fact, apart from making
allegations that an unnamed
prominent councillor had
“talked down to him” (which
is a tad hypocritical when you
read his text to ‘Barry of Berri’
in Friday’s Pioneer) and that
council is focusing most of
its attention on the Barmera
VIC, instead of the Barmera
community generally, he is
patently wrong, as I have
His assertions are just non-
sense, as council does no more,
or less, around the precincts of
the VIC than it does in other
areas of Barmera, generally.
As a matter of fact, there
is a community member, Tim
Broster, who volunteers his time
and energy to clean and tidy the
garden precincts of the VIC, and
there is no cost to the council for
Just a thought, perhaps Barry
of Barmera may be alluding to
the excellent landscaping project
that has been completed on the
western side of the VIC?
But, unless Barry of Barmera
explains himself, we may never
That landscaping project was
funded by council through the
Barmera Town Beautification
Committee, of which Cr Lynch
is the chairperson.
The committee is completely
isolated from the Barmera
VIC, with Cr Lynch staunchly
ensuring that isolation.
Apart from Cr Lynch, who is
paid a fee to chair the meetings,
the committee consists entirely
It is comprised of a few other
councillors, one of whom is me,
with the majority of members
being committed community
members who want to find ways
of beautifying and improving the
amenity of Barmera.
The committee has a budget
of $10,000 at its disposal which
is used to try and achieve
its democratically agreed
aims, as does the Berri Town
So, unless Barry of Barmera
can supply some substantiated
facts that support his assertion of
favourable attention being given
to Barmera Central, I cannot
provide any further explanation
or suggestions concerning the
claims that he has made.
Oh, and Barry of Barmera has
still not bothered to accept my
invitation for him to contact me
and discuss his concerns.
Perhaps, facts will only get in
the way of a ‘good story’?
Berri Barmera Council
Setting a precedent?
HAS the District Council of
Loxton Waikerie (DCLW) set a
precedent with the publishing
of the Waikerie Australia Day
acquittal report (including infor-
mation listed as confidential) in
the February DCLW ordinary
council meeting agenda?
When will other DCLW grant/
in-kind support recipients, such
as the Moorook Riverstock and
Loxton events, have detailed
acquittal reports included in pub-
licly available DCLW meeting
Incidentally, is the DCLW
publications of details, listed as
confidential, in accordance with
the Privacy Act requirements?
AUSTRALIAN women dying at the hands
of their partners, husbands or ex-lovers is
Also too common are the misguided
reactions to these cases when they appear in
the news or on social media.
Comments like, “So, it only happens
to women?” and “Men being ignored yet
again” turn the opportunity to criticise the
culprit into a keyboard battle of the sexes.
There is no denying anyone can be a
victim, anyone can be a perpetrator and
anyone can be an enabler, but the statistics
And the statistics say it is women being
stalked, harassed, kidnapped, beaten and
murdered by their “loved ones”.
So, when the devastating crimes are
reported, it is not a war on men, it is not
diminishing men’s rights or dismissing
a domestic assault on a male, it’s just
communicating the facts.
A domestic violence forum taking place
in Berri later this month will shine a light on
The forum isn’t going to attract a bunch
of domestic violence offenders or potential
offenders keen to be educated on their
What it will do is educate sisters,
mothers, brothers and friends on signs or
troubling behaviour to observe in their loved
ones so they might be able to help.
An outsider picking up on these signs and
asking, ‘Is everything okay?’ might be the
difference between the victim getting out
while they still can, or becoming another
SA Police Murray Mallee Superintendent
James Blandford will join a number of
experts on a panel at the forum. He recently
discussed the issue with the Murray Pioneer
and passionately expressed his horror at
what victims endure.
The tide is slowly turning on domestic
violence. It’s a strict no-go zone for jokes
or light-hearted banter, and certainly public
awareness is at an all-time high.
Regardless, the forum will provide further
jolts to community members who sit down
and listen to the hard truths from victims,
domestic violence workers and experts.
Good on Les Lange for speaking
up about the RFL (‘Get your
facts straight first’, Pioneer,
3/3/17). The best way to clear
up misconceptions like this is
to write a letter to the Pioneer.
It’s the most talked about bit of
Riverland media that we have.
Re. ‘Get your facts straight’, it’s
a worry that because players
who have to travel – aka paid
players – decide when they play.
That is a really stupid situation.
Does this mean that there is not
enough locals to get it done? I
guess we must win, whatever it
May I suggest that a bit
more consultation from the
RFL to clubs involved in the
Independent competition would
be nice. It appears that it’s a
case of, ‘here’s the draw and
that’s it’. Take it or leave it.
The blame game is on. In my
opinion, the board of the Berri
Club should pay out all creditors
I’m disgusted. Page 1 and 2
of Friday’s Pioneer I read “Mr
Siviour” and “Mr Johnson” but
I get to page 3 and read about
a wonderful, well-known and
recognised woman returning
to her home town as “Mickan”
(‘Pat’s Happee to be home’,
Pioneer, 3/3/17). Where’s her
title? And the respect? Welcome
home Ms Mickan.
Bad luck, Waikerie bowlers,
looks like you might have to
wait for another 24 years before
you win a pennant grand final
(‘Waikerie wait almost over?’,
Pioneer, 3/3/17). Never mind
though, your footy team will win
again this year, no worries there.
They never seem to bottom out.
Why is that?
Well said, councillors Fuller and
Waterman (Text Line, 28/2/17).
A local jolt
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